Conference 'Families Beyond Borders'

28-03-2019 13:00 to 29-03-2019 16:00
Novotel Gent Centrum (Goudenleeuwplein 5, 9000 Gent)
Gandaius Permanente Vorming
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Two-day international conference on private international law: how can one's personal status (age, parental status, marital status, etc.) be taken along to another country?

Conference Theme

The central theme of the conference is the cross-border portability of refugees’ and migrants’ personal status (age, parental status, marital status, etc.). It will address several legal problems encountered by refugees and migrants with regard to their personal status acquired in one country and taken along to another country.

People often wrongly expect that their personal status or a change in their personal status will easily be accepted abroad. However, reality often does not coincide with these expectations.

Several legal questions/hurdles arise:

  • How do people prove their family ties? How can families be reunited?
  • How do unaccompanied refugee and migrant children prove their minority?
  • How do asylum and migration authorities assess foreign documents that relate to the personal status of refugees and migrants, such as birth and marriage certificates?
  • What happens if no (authentic) documents can be presented? How to combat fraud relating to personal status documents in an efficient manner without depriving migrants of their right to family life?

All these issues make private international law, migration law and human rights law interact.

You wish to participate?

Please fill in the registration form on our conference website: